Vladimir Putin Could Offer Ceasefire To Ukraine, Putting Zelenskyy In A Very Difficult Situation, Says Analyst

Russian President Vladimir Putin could reportedly offer Ukraine a ceasefire as he attempts to fortify Russian advances in Luhansk and Donbas, but only after his army takes over all of the latter regions.

What Happened: Putin would focus on capturing all of the Donbas before extending an offer of a ceasefire, according to Victor Abramowicz, a defense industry advisor, reported CNBC.

“Putin [may] offer the potential for a cease-fire if only to give him[self] an opportunity to fortify the gains that he’s managed to achieve so far,” said Abramowicz.

Abramowicz said should Russia succeed in meeting its limited objectives in Donbas and then offer a cease-fire it would put Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in a difficult situation.

The expert said that there is no particular reason to believe that acceptance of a Russian cease-fire will lead to an “enduring peace,” according to CNBC.

However, if Zelenskyy doesn’t accept Russia’s offer, he risks “ losing, potentially, in due course, some of the Western support he relies on,” said Abramowicz.

Why It Matters: Abramowicz said the West could support Ukraine for another six months to a year and the upcoming mid-term elections in the United States would have a bearing on American backing for the country, reported CNBC.

The Russian army already occupies an entire province of Ukraine. Putin now wants his top generals to head towards Ukraine’s Donetsk province, a constituent of the Donbas region.

Russia’s leader recognized the Luhansk and Donetsk breakaway regions earlier in February. 

Read Next: Donald Trump Exploring Second Presidential Run As 'Get Out Of Jail Free' Card: Reports

Photo by Rokas Tenys on Shutterstock

 

Posted In: EurasiaRussia-Ukraine WarVladimir PutinVolodymyr ZelenskyyNewsPoliticsMediaGeneral

Ad Disclosure: The rate information is obtained by Bankrate from the listed institutions. Bankrate cannot guaranty the accuracy or availability of any rates shown above. Institutions may have different rates on their own websites than those posted on Bankrate.com. The listings that appear on this page are from companies from which this website receives compensation, which may impact how, where, and in what order products appear. This table does not include all companies or all available products.

All rates are subject to change without notice and may vary depending on location. These quotes are from banks, thrifts, and credit unions, some of whom have paid for a link to their own Web site where you can find additional information. Those with a paid link are our Advertisers. Those without a paid link are listings we obtain to improve the consumer shopping experience and are not Advertisers. To receive the Bankrate.com rate from an Advertiser, please identify yourself as a Bankrate customer. Bank and thrift deposits are insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. Credit union deposits are insured by the National Credit Union Administration.

Consumer Satisfaction: Bankrate attempts to verify the accuracy and availability of its Advertisers' terms through its quality assurance process and requires Advertisers to agree to our Terms and Conditions and to adhere to our Quality Control Program. If you believe that you have received an inaccurate quote or are otherwise not satisfied with the services provided to you by the institution you choose, please click here.

Rate collection and criteria: Click here for more information on rate collection and criteria.